Thursday August 15, 1889
Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, August 15, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Thursday, Aug 15, 1889 Still dark and threatening. Yesterday the little wrens from the nest, the second family came out and I think the cat got one of them, but we shut her up in the garret and two other little ones were about the porch a part of the day and finally disappeared down towards the woods on the side hill. The robins are getting together in companies as well as the yellow birds. I heard a robin sing last evening, which I think is unusual at this season. I saw a white robin on the lawn a short time ago. His head and back were a dirty white and he seems to be known here on the hill. I had a letter from Mrs. Chadwick, nee Miller, yesterday regarding the exhibition of a pastel portrait at the Academy which I answered. The weather partially cleared toward evening and it is cooler. Agnes, Bowyers wife came to be here a week I believe. I have been interesting myself making some plans for moving this wing of the house directly back upon another lot and rearranging it as a separate house, which could easily be done, this in case Sara and I should conclude to buy this house and two lots. We are thinking of all sorts of arrangements nowadays, none of which will come to pass in all probability. This paragraph which I cut from the Tribune yesterday relates to Eastman Johnsons brother-in-law. They were great friends at one time and bought property together up at Superior, but of late years they have become entirely estranged and I think Eastman had not heard from him in years.
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